Events Archive

September 11, 2012
Panel Discussion
Was the State Fair?: Kenneth Feinberg and Panel of Key Actors Discuss Indiana's Compensation Program for Stage Collapse Victims

Speaker: Kenneth Feinberg, attorney, author and victim compensation expert
Time: 5:30 pm -7:30 pm
Location: Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Shaun Dankoski

The tragic stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair on August 13, 2011, left seven people dead, fifty-eight injured, and many more devastated. It also raised controversial questions regarding the liability of potentially responsible parties and the ability of stage collapse victims to obtain fair relief in light of constraints such as the statutory $5 million limit on the state's exposure. In the end, key stakeholders coalesced around an innovative compensation program designed to increase funds available to victims and enable them to obtain payments without recourse to litigation.

Held in the Wynne Courtroom, this two hour program will feature a talk by Kenneth Feinberg, one of the nation's leading attorneys and mediators, who helped the Indiana attorney general's office devise a program for resolving legal claims resulting from the collapse. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion of pivotal actors involved in developing and supporting the program, including the Indiana attorney general and two leading plaintiff attorneys. After the program, a reception with refreshments will be held in the Conour Atrium, and Mr. Feinberg will be available to sign copies of his new book “Who Gets What: Fair Compensation after Tragedy and Financial Upheaval.” The event is organized and moderated by Robert A. Katz, Professor of Law at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Professor Katz is an expert on charitable relief for disaster victims and the relationship between tort compensation and charitable gifts for the same injuries.

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Panel:

  • Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General
  • Matt Light, Deputy Attorney General & Chief Counsel of Advisory Services
  • Paul Mullin, Partner, Lewis & Wilkins
  • Tony Patterson, Partner, Parr Richey Obremskey Frandsen & Patterson LLP
  • Robert A. Katz, Professor of Law, IU McKinney School of Law (moderator)

Copies of Kenneth Feinberg’s new book, Who Gets What: A Conversation on Fair Compensation After Tragedy and Financial Upheaval will be available for purchase during the reception.